Development of an Internet of Things Platform for Elementary School Students.
- This study involves the design, development, testing, and analysis of a new Internet of Things (IoT) platform designed specifically for use in elementary school classrooms. As more products are engineered to be internet enabled, it is important that we start teaching young students about IoT products. Currently, there are no educational platforms appropriate for elementary school students to enable ... read morethem to build their own IoT systems. The new platform was developed as a way to introduce elementary school students to the Internet of Things by allowing them to build their own smart connected products. The platform was tested in two sections of a second grade coding class. The user test consisted of three, one-hour classes where second grade students used the new IoT platform to build solutions to an engineering design prompt. The results showed that second grade students were easily able to understand the main idea behind IoT and use the benefits of connected devices to build more complex systems than they would have been able to build without an internet connection. While there are many improvements that could be made to this platform, the initial testing results prove that it has great promise and that the Internet of Things can, in fact, be integrated into elementary school classrooms.read less